I have some gifted writers in my classes. I’m not bragging; I’m just stating a fact anyone would agree with if he or she read some of the stories these students produce. Take Bonnie Copeland, Willie Walker, and Betty Nelson, for instance. When they stand and read their stories in class, we all sit a little taller in our seats, lean forward, and listen a little more attentively, knowing they will show us how writing should be done.
Their teacher and classmates aren’t the only ones who feel this way.
Bonnie, Willie, and Betty have consistently won awards in writing contests. This year is the first time Bonnie and Willie have both garnered first-place awards in the same contest, the prestigious Southern California Genealogy Society Writing Competition. Willie took first place in the “Long Story” category with his piece “A Boy’s First Gun,” and Bonnie won first place in the “Short Story” category with her story “Chemistry for Girls.” Betty was awarded a second place honor in the “short story” category for her piece “Dad’s Lawn,” AND a third place award for her entry, “Eggrolls for Christmas” in the “long story” category. Way to go, Betty! These are achievements Bonnie, Willie and Betty can be proud of, since their stories were selected from a large field of submissions from writers all over the world. I’m pleased as punch to have them in my class. They make their teacher look good.